Man I have having some serious writers block! Well, not exactly writers block, more like writers complete lack of writing motivation. I have ideas up the wazoo, but every time I sit down to write,I just don;'t feel it at all. And, given the fact that I am a stream of consciousness writer, that makes it damn hard to get some regular posts up! But anyway, I am sitting at my favorite coffee spot in San Mateo, sipping an almond milk latte and ready to get these damn words down!
I am officially a couple weeks into my new phase of programming it, and things are going very well. You all saw the way I came up with my program template, and I am more or less following that this time through again. I have made some focus changes though. For example: I am focusing on Olympic weightlifting and body weight skills over raw strength now. That means no more low-bar squat, and much more high bar and front squatting. It means doing TONS of pulling the bar off different height blocks *which has been helping a great deal with a 210 snatch and 290 clean off high blocks. In fact, the 210 was EASY, and I caught 300 for the clean 4 times but am having an issue with the rack position on m y right side and I just can't stand with it). In addition to all the Olympic work, I have written in a ton of muscle up, handstand, handstand push up, handstand walk, L-sit and more work. The goal is to get myself moving more proficiently now that I have a great strength base. I expect my strength to continue to go up, but that's just not my immediate focus anymore.
So, what else is new. I have my gym almost completely set up. Platforms have been built and everything is in place, I just need to get my banners up, re-patch the walls and paint everything my colors. I am hoping that things will be at 100% in one week! Some pics have been posted up onto Facebook, but I'll post some real good ones once the place is complete.
In other news. my nutrition has been very good, eating lots of good food out here is extremely easy. The crummy little grocery store near my house serves organic produce, grass-fed beef, free-range eggs and everything else I could ask for. Farmers markets are tough to avoid as every city has at least one each weekend year-round! And having a house full of athletes has meant there is the perfect supply of supplements as well. I've been sucking down 2 protein shakes a day, back on creatine for a little bit and have been getting my fare share of ZMAs and fish oil. And early in December I'll be getting a full-blown blood test to see how my macro and micro nutrients are doing. I have decided that I must be VERY deficient ion one or many nutrients given the way my body responds to things, and this test will allow me to know exactly what I am missing. I am very excited for that. I'll share that experience with everyone when I get it.
I am starting up fighting again, and I can't express how great it feels to us my body like that. Brendon from CrossFit San Mateo has a guy who was a heavyweight UFC champ back before it became so popular and we are starting up with 2x per week training. I think after the 2013 Games run I'll refocus my training into some MMA and see where that tales me. But I'm not going to think too much about that for another few months. Whatever I've been doing has helped with the classic CrossFit workouts as I hit a 9 second PR on "Fran" (the classic CrossFit workout with thrusters and pull ups) getting 2:24 at a bodyweight of around 234! I'll take it!
All in all things are going well. Andrew Whitener is slowly growing Courage Performance East pretty damn well, and Courage Performance West is coming around very quickly. I have a regular set of training partners, workouts are going well, food is going well and I just see nothing but positive going forward with me and the business from here on out. As I always say, I'll keep working to get this blog updated on a better schedule, and I just need to to set aside time each day to get work done on it. As tough as it seems before I start writing, it really is nice to just get the words down. And it's such a good feeling posting up afterwards, not sure why, it just feels like I've accomplished something.
Anyways, that;s it for today, time to head back through the rain to the gym to get some grappling work! Then I got a client, then paint buying, then a get a special visitor for the weekend!! I am very excited.
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